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Monday, April 9, 2012

No More Cravings

Are you dieting? Are cravings driving you insane? Do you just salivate over all the foods you have been denying yourself with your diet? Let me alleviate your torture by giving you some pointers that I hope you can follow.

If you are being tortured by cravings, it is most likely because you have been following a diet plan that has eliminated all sweets, carbs, fats and processed foods, (or most of them).

Although doing all of the above is great, doing so in a sudden manner and eliminating all "bad" foods, is only setting yourself up for failure and developing cravings and who wants that?

Let us presume that you started your diet based on your sex, height, age and physical activity. If it is weight loss you are after, then, based on your daily caloric intake, you should deduct 500 calories per day if you want to lose one pound per week, if you want to lose more, then you must increase the amount of physical activity you do each day. If you are not doing any, it is imperative that you start right away, the less physical activity you do; the harder it will be to lose the weight.

Make the changes in your diet gradually, otherwise you will cause the chemicals in your brain that regulate mood to be upset, and most likely, turn you "cranky", and who wants to be around a cranky person?

Do not skip breakfast. It is said to be the most important meal of your day, it is the meal that jump-starts your metabolism. Eat smaller meals several times a day (according to the latest studies), but be careful not to overeat.

Remember, it has been said, but worth repeating, "Have breakfast like a King, have lunch like a Prince and have dinner like a Pauper."

Don't allow those cravings that are likely to emerge to overpower you. Here's my strategy, try having small snacks between meals in order to distract your brain. A small whole wheat cracker, just a bite of a fig cookie or a bite of an energy bar. Notice I did not say the WHOLE cookie or the whole bar. Buy the kind that appeals to your sweet tooth without the high calories or carbs and will distract your brain from the cravings; one bite is as satisfactory as a whole box.

Since when we diet, we are probably not getting enough vitamins from our food, take a multiple vitamin daily. Consult your doctor as to which one is best for you. Do not forget to keep hydrated by drinking a minimum of six glasses of water a day, optimal eight. (I know it's not easy)

Carry a small bag with low calorie, low fat nuts, to satisfy your cravings. Eat the proper proportions of protein each day and make it from lean meats, fish or poultry, try organic foods that do not contain any chemicals.

Select your carbohydrates with care and if you are trying to lose weight, depending on your sex, height and weight, keep it between 40 grams or less for women and about 60 grams to 80 grams for men. If you are a diabetic, choose your carbohydrates very carefully, staying away from starchy sources and look instead to low sugar fruits.

Stay away from places where you find yourself eating the wrong things, especially while you are losing the weight and until your brain gets used to your new lifestyle.

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